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By Lewin Edwards

My greatest challenge with this e-book is among chapters and 3 which has a tremendous hole. one other bankruptcy can be inserted to ease into the technical jargon of bankruptcy 3 resembling "What is an embedded system?" additionally a word list of technical phrases and acronyms wouldn't be a foul thought. the writer does an excellent activity of explaining the company features of being an embedded engineer.

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You’ll also be facing litigation on a raft of patent issues surrounding the MPEG-2 decoder. Several jurisdictions are currently evaluating possible changes to the way 50 Chapter 2 software patents are granted, with the abolition of such patents (or at least limiting them to a few years) being one of the options under consideration. Until such an enlightened, forward-thinking step occurs, however, you need to be willing to research possible patent protection of the the algorithms used in your project, regardless of what the licensing conditions might be on any particular implementation that you have referenced in your code.

With this document in hand, you have a documented legal defense against any accusations of license violations. One last note: With the plethora of useful open-source code floating around the Internet, free for the downloading, there might be a temptation simply to download and use whatever you please and assume that nobody will ever know because nobody will ever see your sourcecode. Even ignoring the moral issues, this is suicidal folly. Anything from a disgruntled (or simply talkative) staff member to an interested hacker to a competitor reverse-engineering your product will destroy your company; discovery is inevitable, particularly if your project turns out to be a success.

For example, the Red Hat eCos operating system described in the previous chapter is released under the “RHEPL” license similar in philosophy to the NetBSD license. All of these miscellaneous licenses lie in a spectrum roughly bounded by GPL at one end and NetBSD at the other (in terms of sourcecode disclosure requirements vs. recognition of proprietary trade secret rights), with special conditions in some cases. However, you will find that the majority of the interesting open-source projects in the world are GPL-licensed.

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